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Design Management (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
London, United Kingdom
The Design Management (Hons) course offered at the University of the Arts London (UAL) is a practice-based course where you will apply critical thinking and design research methods to a range of projects and collaborations, that address social, business and environmental needs.
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On the Design Management (Hons) course offered at the University of the Arts London (UAL) you’ll gain valuable insights into how design management is expanding in diverse contemporary contexts, while applying your skills and knowledge through a range of live projects. 

The key areas of - creative practice, business/management, and cultural research - come together to develop innovative and critical thinkers. 

In addition, you’ll have access to the College’s extensive range of facilities such as printmaking, 3D and digital media and technical workshops.

What to expect

  • Seminars to investigate the role of design in society, networks, business, organisations, cultures and contexts that give design its multiple meanings.
  • Practical projects and workshops, to provide immersive experiences of the design process: from research methods to defining and reframing problems, developing briefs, brainstorming, prototyping, testing, delivery and assessing effectiveness.
  • Frameworks and strategic tools drawn from a broad range of design, business and humanities disciplines you will build your practice with hands on projects, crits and collaborations.
  • Live projects and collaborative involvement with industry. There is an emphasis on strategic and socially engaged design and real world projects with agencies, research and strategy organisations, non-profits and councils.
  • Management skills: communication, presentation, critical reflection, scoping briefs, live research and feedback, budgeting, time management, team working.
  • Design principles: visual thinking, ideation, working with multiple mediums (print, objects, images, video, sound, web) and exhibitions.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus Exchange a programme offering students the possibility of studying in another European country for one or two terms. The course has an Erasmus agreement with the Design Management course at Paris College of Art. We have an international exchange with Hong Kong Polytechnic University and study abroad placements with Northeastern University in Boston, USA. You will also be encouraged to undertake online collaborations internationally.

Work experience and opportunites

Recent collaborations have included projects with Human After All, Rufus Leonard, Two Igloos, WaterAid, Southwark Council, Ourscreen and the BFI (British Film Institute), 11FS and Dulwich Picture Gallery. 

You will have the opportunity to apply for the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) and the chance to take part in initiatives such as Talent Works. 

Design management embraces a large variety of roles including project manager, account manager, brand manager, researcher, strategist, studio and office manager, service designer, strategic designer; art director, business manager, as well as PR communications, marketing, business development, human resources, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and operational roles.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Design Management
  • Creative Industries and Economy 
  • Design Principles 
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies
  • Locating Design Management and Cultures
  • Ideation to Implementation 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points, which can be made up of one or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • A Levels at grade C or above (preferred subjects include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences).
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4).
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subject: Digital and Creative Media, Film and Production, Computing, Humanities and Social Sciences).
  • OR equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma at 24 points minimum 

And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22920 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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